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Down the Rabbit Hole – 5.05 ‘This Place is Death’

By Fishbiscuit,

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“Down, down, down. Would the fall NEVER come to an end! `I wonder how many miles I’ve fallen by this time?’ she said aloud. `I must be getting somewhere near the centre of the earth. “ – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

The theme of the week was HOLES. Holes in the head.

Holes in the heart.

Holes in space.

Holes in time.

This week’s stellar episode plunged us deep into the middle of Lost’s journey, into that shadowland between life and death, between good and evil, between then and now, the mysterious undefinable spot in timespace where this puzzle continues to unravel around us. We opened where we left off last week, with the arrival of the doppelganger French castaways.

It’s not a coincidence (because remember, nothing’s a damn coincidence on Lost) that this doomed group of Frenchies consisted of a pregnant girl, a sarcastic blond tough guy, a string instrument player and a guy who leaves no one behind. Ok, there were no incestuous siblings, no lame man finding his sea legs, no angry little boy with a dog. It’s not exactly the same. But there is a befuddled Korean man trying desperately to comprehend a foreign language. In fact it’s the exact same befuddled Korean man, more confused now than ever.

With this opening sequence, the spiral of the story began to loop around us, reminding us that there is no beginning or end to this tale. It is all constantly circling around the one great truth at the center of it. This week we experienced the danger and the beauty of the Island of Mystery anew, through the eyes of freshly shipwrecked castaways. Rousseau’s music box danced forlornly on the beach, abandoned as we watched her be swept away into her sea of madness.

We have seen that music box before, in Season One’s episode Solitary, when a captive Sayid repaired a piece of Rousseau’s fragile sanity by setting the dancers spinning again in their futile endless spiral.

In many moments such as this, the story this week cycled us back to Season One, to little remembered details and story fragments that are now being brought into new focus. Remember in Exodus Part I when Rousseau stopped and ominously mused that “this is where Montand lost his arm?” Well, what do you know? Voilร ! Montand’s arm!

And how about when she told Sayid in Solitary that she removed “the firing pin” from Robert’s gun? Like a little play within a play, we were eyewitness along with Jin to the end of the affair between Alex’s young parents, just a few bittersweet moments after we had seen them bantering over baby names. Was Robert going to kill Rousseau because he had “the sickness” or was he killing her because she had gone on a mad killing rampage?

We saw Jin re-experience the same ominous plume of black smoke from the once dreaded Others, seen now with wiser eyes.

The scene where Montand is dragged into the well was a deliberate replay of the scene in Exodus Part II when Locke is dragged into a similar subterranean vent.

Only this time there was a much less successful outcome.

This episode revived a great deal of speculation about the nature of the beast affectionately nicknamed as Smoky. Is he a shapeshifter like the primordial underground creature in Stephen King’s “It”, who lured children into sewers by mimicking the voices of their lost friends? Was it a coincidence that Montand’s call from the depths was “Help me”, the same plea that Jacob first rasped out to Locke in Season Three? And when the team jumped in all Live Together Die Alone to save him, did they re-emerge as evil manifestations of the chimerical beast, perhaps as Yemi did before Eko was destroyed?

The Monsta! is one of Lost’s great mysteries.

It sounds sort of like like an antique rollercoaster being pulled along on chains, but it also tends to growl or groan a bit like an anguished ghost and it wasn’t entirely incidental that Rose from da Bronx thought it sounded familiar in Pilot, Part I, since urban podcast legend has it that part of the sound was recorded from a New York City taxicab’s fare meter. The Monsta! is named, most descriptively, after Cerberus, the three headed dog that guards the gates of Hades, granting entrance, but never exit, to the doomed souls who arrive there.

The blast door map on the Swan Hatch is marked with the notations CV at various places, which indicate the locations of the Cerberus Vents from which Smoky can enter and exit the world of the living.

Perhaps the Temple under which he dragged Montand is his home base, his doghouse penthouse.

It’s decorated with an Egyptian glyph theme, just like the door where Ben entered the secret room when he wanted to sic Smoky on the armed intruders to Othertown.

Some have tried to decipher the meaning behind the hieroglyphs, an alphabet that seemed to be trying to make a whole lot of language out of bird pictures. But the only symbol that struck me was this one

because it looks exactly like this item in the infamous Hatch painting:

It is the Egyptian symbol for the Sun, alternately, possibly, the symbol for Time. But it is a symbol well used for many other meanings. For Boy Scouts who have “Gone Home”… or died.

As a symbol of the eternal spirals within the universe.

And, not coincidentally (never coincidentally) for Oceanic Airlines as well.

โ€œThe only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.โ€ – Einstein

The thing is, for our leftover Lostaways, it’s getting to the point where everything is happening all at once.

Time was spasming at an ever increasing clip this episode. There was a moment of giddy man love when Sawyer and Jin found each other again..

…and I do mean a minute. There was no time to be wasted on huggies. The timespace continuum was barreling towards total meltdown. No sooner had our weary time travelers flashed to the Orchid

(which seemed to be to a future point where the Orchid is in ruins, because it looked a lot lusher last time Jack and Locke were squabbling there.)

…but the Orchid disappeared almost instantly leaving only the well that Charlotte had somehow known would be there,

the well we had seen Ben crawl down, the well the Orchid was built above,

and then disappeared again, leaving only the rope sticking out of solid earth.

Where did this last flash take them? Did the rope only travel with them because it was inside Sawyer’s hand? Is this the future, where the well has been filled in? Or the past where the well has not yet been dug? In fact, does it turn out that they dig a well right there, at just that magical spot, because there’s a rope bizarrely sticking up out of the ground? Does the rope create the need for a well rather than the well creating the need for a rope? I’m not ruling anything out these days. I don’t care what any of them say. It’s not only possible to change the past, it’s looking more and more likely that the future is creating the past.

Jin stepped into Rousseau’s past and kept her from leaping into Smoky’s dungeon with the rest of her crew. He saved her life and created the opportunity for her to murder her friends. But Jin wasn’t really there the first time, so why didn’t Rousseau just jump down the rabbit hole when she wanted to? Was Jin always there when the Besixdouze was shipwrecked?

Did Danielle remember removing the firing pin but forget the crazy Korean man who kept hopscotching in and out of corporeality? Did we get hit with the paradox stick again or are we just thinking too hard? It seems that Jin is directly responsible for the existence of Alex on the Island, but did he enable a birth that only had to be brutally course corrected 16 years later?

Then again, doesn’t every birth eventually course correct itself into a death?

The collapsing sequentiality of Time finally crushed Charlotte’s brain. As she shuffled off the timespace continuum, her eyes were looking off to that place where everything is beautiful and nothing hurts.

And since we must never mistake coincidence for fate, nothing she said in her death rattle poem should be written off as gibberish. Her mind was floating back to wondering why “daddy can’t come with us”, when her mother left him behind on the Island and tried to indoctrinate her daughters that the Island had only happened in their imagination. She said “you know what Mummy would say about you marrying an American”, so I’m calling dibs on a future plot line where one of Charlotte’s sisters shows up married to an American. She said she knows more about ancient Carthage than Hannibal himself, and that reminds us where we first saw C.S. Lewis – in Tunisia, home of the little known ancient Roman polar bear, and one of the entrance portals of the Vile Vortices. She warned Jin in no uncertain terms not to let them bring Sun back to the Island, in the very same words Claire used to warn Kate not to bring back Aaron. And then, it all ended very pleasantly, as she apparently went off to a heaven where Geronimo Jackson music was playing while little girls all get to eat chocolate whenever they want, even before their dinner. Not a bad way to go.

A beautifully acted scene by the underused Rebecca Mader, and in keeping with the Season One homages of this episode, it echoed a very similar scene when Shannon mourns her lover/brother Boone. The same musical theme was playing, in a deeper tone, one more lovely moment where the richness planted in the earlier seasons is creating an endless harvest of self referential memories.

R.I.P. C. S. Lewis. We barely knew ye. I don’t know if they’ll ever tell us how or why you learned Korean, but at least you did your part keeping the female Island population course corrected.

Of course the most crucial bit of information Charlotte passed before her passing was the revelation to Daniel that, when she was a child, she had met a creepy, scary man … who was HIM. And this scary man warned Charlotte, just as Charlotte has just warned Jin, just as Claire warned Kate, to never come back to the Island, because – sure enough – she would die there. I’m guessing this is another one of those moments that lies in Daniel’s consequential past but his sequential future, one of those special only on Lost kind of moments, and we’ll see it play out just like that. At some point Daniel will be back in Charlotte’s past, and meet her as a freckle-faced redheaded girl, know that she is the one who will someday die in his arms, know that his warnings won’t prevent anything, and yet he’ll warn her anyway. He will try to change the past, and he will fail. Free will may not be good for anything, but damned if people just can’t keep trying to use it.

“Broken, like a sailor washed ashore, who lies wasted yet still gaping in awe at the deadly deep, I stared back as if drawn to the grim crossing that parts all from life”. – Dante’s Inferno

When Locke falls through the well hole into the Underworld, he is met by the most backloaded walking metaphor on Lost – good old Christian Shephard. Just in this one scene, how many personas does the Ghost of Binges Past embody? The centerpiece of Season One’s White Rabbit episode is there with his Cheshire Cat grin to welcome Alice into Wonderland. But he’s not dashing off for any important dates and he doesn’t really seem to be at all distracted. He’s focused in like a laser on John’s failure to communicate properly last time they met. Ben wasn’t supposed to turn the wheel. John was. And Boone wasn’t the sacrifice the island demanded at all, John! Nope, it was you. All along it was Locke that the Island wanted.

“His voice was hoarse, as if from long silence: “No, no man but once a man.” ….”Follow me,” he said. “I will show you the path beyond time. “ – Dante’s Inferno

Like Virgil leading Dante into the Inferno, Christian holds up a lantern to guide Locke to this most dreadful and unavoidable step on his journey. All the fun is gone out of this now for poor John. With his leg re-broken, Locke is headed out with a one-way ticket off this mortal coil. The Christian symbolism is heavy. Sent by the ghost named both Christian AND Shephard, to find his Master’s only begotten son, to make of himself a human sacrifice, to not have the cup pass from him but to do as the Island wills, sent to find the woman who is practicing the black arts of time sorcery in a church built under a towering statue of The Sacred Heart of Christ.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

That’s a heck of a lot of religious metaphor to be loaded into one pop culture tv show in ABC primetime. But is it religious or religulous? Who are the good guys here anyway? Can anyone say? Christian remains morally undefined. Is he Jacob’s captor or Jacob’s friend? Is he Jacob himself? Is there any such creature as Jacob or is this all a big metaphysical fake out? And, since there’s a lot of Bible study going on this week, does it mean anything that two of our characters are named for Jacob’s many sons, the founders of the tribes of Israel, the Lost kingdom that the exiles must be returned to? Jacob had one son named Daniel. He had another, the youngest, named Ben.

When Ben hilariously pulled over to yell at the squabbling brats in the back seat, he seemed very adamant that HE is the good guy. He’s been working himself into a lather trying to keep these snotty O-suckers alive and safe, and how do they repay him? By bickering about which one of them wants to kill him more. What ingrates. We know that Ben Linus thinks of himself as a good guy. But is he?

Ben is bringing the kiddies to Mama Hawking’s cloister so she can give them a seminar in Wormhole-ology and help them all get their kits together for TimeSpace Camp. Daniel was pretty certain that if he could just get back in touch with his Mommy, she’d fix everything. So is Eloise Hawking a good Mommy or a bad Mommy?

Christian warns Locke in no uncertain terms that he must never trust Ben. But he is also sending Locke to visit Eloise, so it seems he must trust her.

Ben and Christian may not be allies but they are connected through this one woman. Are we seeing a new kind of AARP triangle emerging here? Not a messy love triangle this time, but just a three sided hat of moral equivocation and ambiguity where right and wrong and good and evil all depend on which one of the three corners it’s currently balanced on.

Christian tells Locke that he believes in him. Of course those are the golden words that Locke has been waiting all his life to hear. Faith is what makes Locke tick. This man just wants to believe. His rendezvous with the Time Witch awaits him, but look at the painting she is standing in front of here.

Caravaggio’s โ€œThe Incredulity of Saint Thomas.” I know that Cantor-Rainer clue was rather encouraging when it comes to predicting Locke’s chances at Re-incarnation, but perhaps a little of Thomas’s doubt would have served Locke well here. Re-incarnation doesn’t really fit into the parameters of this story the way they’re shaping up. And doubt seems like a very healthy attitude to have, even though it’s in increasingly short supply. Sayid, in his 30 second a week flash of badassery, shows that he still isn’t buying it.

And Kate’s an emotional wreck who is being yanked around by everyone she turns to.

Sun was bought off rather quickly, in a clever flip of irony, where the ring Jin sent to convince her of his death was used to convince her instead of his life.

And Jack still seems to be hitting the oxy if you ask me, because he’s about as limp as an overcooked ramen noodle, doesn’t even seem to have the energy to take his hands out of his pockets or to move any of the muscles of his face.

Given what we know of the situation on the Island, given the fact that not one of the mommies or daddies in this story seems entirely trustworthy, it’s a big gaping question as to whether the O6 really should be going back at all. But whether or not any of the O-sux should be asking questions is a dropped plot line best left untroubled, because they are boooooooring me already. Locke is headed back to his beloved homeland, in a coffin, the same way Big Chris got there.

What exactly has he managed to accomplish with his painful sacrifice?

When last we saw the wheel, it was looking a little less frozen, and a lot more jittery and sputtery. Did Locke’s painful turning of the wheel re-stabilize it on its axis?

Is the Island fixed in time for the moment? When in time is it fixed and what does that mean for our dwindling band of time warriors? The spiral is pulling tighter and it looks as if the Gang of Six (or so…is Desmond involved in this return trip?) are about to take a leap into the next scheduled Vile Vortex coming down the track. But how will they do it? And when will they land?

I think the French explorers were giving out clues like Halloween candy. Not only did we find that they were chasing down an Island transmission, we heard them listening to it on their radio. And who was it? Sounded a hell of lot like Hurley to me, reciting his trademark numbers, maybe on the Island radio station he DJs for when he jumps back to the future. And how will he get there? I don’t know, I think one of the hot French guys gave that away as well.

So I’m putting my money down on the Yellow Submarine making a reappearance in the very near future.

But in the meantime, the most burning question is what will become of poor, brave, crazy, faith based John Locke? I loved that Juliet thanked him for his troubles, something so few characters bother to do around here. But The Passion of The Locke still awaits us. How will he die? When will he die? And then, of course, how will being dead give him an even bigger role to play in the story?

Just remember, John. You asked for this.

From TVFrenzy:

  • Kristina

    I cannot tell you how much I love Fishbiscuit recaps. Please Doc- dont stop posting them!

  • Kris

    Awesome recap as always. Totally insightful bringing up about a million and one things that I never would have thought of on my own.

  • Uncle Beaver

    I think I enjoy Fishbiscuit’s reviews more than any other. Thanks.

  • JaySin

    Great recap, I noticed when Jin was looking for someone to interpret him he didnt look at Miles like the others, he went right to Charlotte like he knew for a fact she spoke Korean, I watched it 3x to make sure. Anybody else notice that or am i crazy?

    • ben

      You’re not crazy… I think she might have spoken Korean to him in a previous episode? I’m not 100% but it rings a bell.

    • In Something Nice Back Home (4.10) Charlotte follows a conversation of Jin & Sun reacting with an obvious smile to Sun’s observation of her knowing about Dan’s feelings for Charlotte. Jin definetely takes notice of that. So he actually knew that Charlotte could understand him very well. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • ben

        Mystery solved. I assume we will find out why she speaks Korean.

        • dolce

          Why is it such a big deal that someone speaks a second language? I think everyone is trying to place a higher value on a mystery than it actuallly deserves.

          • CelticFan96

            I agree. Do we really NEED to know why Charlotte, an anthropologist can speak multiple languages?

            I am sure she speaks many languages. And with only so many episodes left, there are about 50 other things I want answers to before finding out why a reoccurring character speaks another language.

            If this show end up answering every little question it will be forced. Part of the fun of great fiction, movies and television is that some answers are left of the imaginations of readers and viewers.

            The main reason why Charlotte probably speaks Korean is there was one other person whom Jin could communicate with. It worked out well for this episode — so Jin could remain behind the English curve yet get up to speed on the time-traveling going on.

  • ben

    I just rewatched the bits where the French people are listening to numbers being recited, I really don’t think it’s Hurley.

    • JaySin

      Thanks, yea I’m not sure either but I guess they’ll explain the Charlotte speaking Korean thing somehow. And I’m with you on the numbers not sounding like Hurley’s voice but I hope it is him or another 815er cause that’d be a really cool twist.

    • Fishbiscuit wrote:
      “Sounded a hell of lot like Hurley [to me].”

      I think that’s exactly what was intended.
      At some future point of the story we’ll find out if the writers/producers just played their game with us or if there is a more important significance than only a similarity of voice & articulation. It surely hasn’t become such a recurring theme on the boards just by plain chance.

      • lockeheart

        If you listen to the numbers it sounds like hurley is saying the numbers… at least one or two of them. It doesnt sound like hurley for 4 8 15 16 or 42 but 23 is almost unmistakenly hurly. Interesting cuz in the season 1 finally kate hears hurley mumbling the numbers saying “i thought i heard you say 23” Hurly: no why does that number mean something to you. Kate: the reward for my capture was 23 thousand. then hurley says somthing about the number not meaning anything. I doubt this means anything i just found it interesting cuz i watched the season 1 finally today.

        • ben

          Hmm I listened to it a few more times. I guess it might be him, but it’s not _definitely_ him.

    • Jaime

      It sort of sounds like Lapidus as well

  • Lindsay

    As to why Jin knew that Charlotte spoke Korean:

    In “Something Nice Back Home” in Season 4, while trekking for medical supplies for Jack’s appendectomy Sun and Jin were speaking to each other in Korean about Daniel liking Charlotte. Jin asked how Charlotte would know about Daniel liking her, and Sun said that she’s a woman and would know. Charlotte looked back at them and smiled, and Jin realized by her reaction that she understood their conversation.

    • JaySin

      Wow! Mirko, Lindsey, thank you and i’m very impressed. I gotta rewatch that episode and see that part, you guys are great I think I found my new fav lost site.

    • CelticFan96

      Remember at the end of that episode, Jin and Charlotte actually speak Korean to each other? If I remember correctly, Jin demands that Charlotte tell him if they are going to be rescued.

      • Mirko

        Yes, you are right. They speak Korean to each other and Jin forces Charlotte to promise him that Sun will go with the freighter team when the helicopter comes to get them off the island.

  • Lindsay

    Beat me to it, Mirko ๐Ÿ™‚

  • pardon ๐Ÿ™‚

  • lizzie

    I think I liked the recap better than the episode. Seriously, though, week after week the FB recaps impress me, but this week’s really brought a wealth of memory and reference.

    As for the numbers, I definitely that’s Jorge Garcia reading them, but whether it will turn out to be Hurley, I don’t know. Perhaps the numbers are the coordinates of the island at the time Dharma found it–or perhaps the numbers Mrs. Hawking says the island will next appear it. And perhaps Charlotte doesn’t just get a warning from the future as a little girl, perhaps she learns Korean on the island, too.

    • Jacobs Lather

      The numbers represent solutions to the Valenzetti Equation–numerical values that spell out the end of the world. The DI was founded on the island in order to change the numbers–something which they were never able to do. Check out the Valenzetti Equation on Lostpedia for more.

      Also, this was the first Fishbiscuit recap I’ve read, and it’s stellar! I’m going to go find more right now.

      • ben

        The Valenzetti Equation isn’t strictly part of the tv show though is it? I thought it was more associated with the “Lost Experience”.

  • SPOILER ALERT:

    Daniel is Charlotte’s dad.

    • That would be SO awesome! It’s what many of us have expected…
      Where did you find that information?

  • SayeedIsWhatineed

    I agree Kris… these recaps make everything make so much more sense… i LOVE reading them!

  • Darbi

    Great review, Fish. I never would have made the connection between the 815 crash survivors, pregnant girl, hero guy and the musician in comparison to Danielle’s crew that crashed on the island sixteen years earlier. I especially appreciated the reference to how Charlotte died and the under used Rebecca Mader doing a fantastic job in her last scenes. I know I’ll miss her. We did get a lot of information in this episode in keeping the pace that’s been set so far. Off to watch the episode again. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Andy

    Thanks fish! Great recap. I agree with Darbi, that was an obvious connection I somehow missed!

  • horselover

    I think I saw a subtle Vonnegut allusion in there. Also, that single circle with the dot looks kinda like Dr. Manhattan’s symbol from Watchmen/a hydrogen atom.

  • Great recap as always, Fish! I feel like something of a doofus for not noticing the striking similarities between the French team and several of the 815 survivors.

  • spacebender

    An enormously insightful and entertaining recap!

  • Castaway

    Brilliantly done, Fish!

  • Jangras

    Hey Fish, you’re a f.. genius.
    The Frenchmen-Losties connection was just astonishing.

    Best line, by the way: “Sayid’s 30 second a week flash of badassery”.

  • KalS

    Another great recap and was incredibly useful in helping us keep track of all this info literally bombarding us this week!Thank you!

  • iamme

    Nice one Fish! After last week’s episode I definitely needed a recap of all the season one stuff that was pieced together, and you did the deed here! Really insightful read.

    I also think that the numbers were being recited by Hurley or at least a few of them were. And wouldn’t that be an amazing twist if it turns out to really be him that lured Danielle and her crew to the island with those dreaded digits.

    I’m glad they are keeping the island story moving along, because if it was just about the O6 in these early episodes, my interest would have waned a while ago and I don’t think the critics would have been signing off on A+ report cards either. I’m anxiously awaiting their return so that I don’t have to sigh everytime the story cuts from the island action to those ever dark O6 scenes.

  • meems

    This was my favorite recap of all. I loved it! The best!

  • Amberlina42

    I totally enjoyed the re-cap. It was very well written. I did notice thought that you said that Jacob from the Bible had a son named Benjamin and a son named Daniel pointing out the similarites to the show, but Jacob did not have a son named Daniel. Daniel was a famous decendant who lived several hundred years later and wrote an apocalyptic prophecy of what was to come. With all the other Christian imagry found in the show there might be a connection, but I just wanted to point that out. Keep up the awsome work!

    • iamme

      He did have a son named Dan, with Bilhah. Not Daniel but Dan.

  • I’m kicking myself at all the things I missed while watching after readng this recap. Thanks again Fish for bringing so many disparate things together and giving them some clarity.

    I was wondering why I felt this episode was one of the most vivid and engaging for me (aside from the emotional parts in TLP) and I think it was because where were so many little references back to those first two seasons where our beloved Losties were experiencing the island, and encountering smokey etc for the first time.

    I also loved Sawyer and Jin’s reunion, and Locke determinedly descending into the unknown to help his people. I really felt he was the hero in this episode. Choosing to knowingly front up and sacrifice himself.

    This recap had a poetic lilt to it, and flowed really well in reading it. I love that you incorporate visual imagery to help distill things down for us.

    I totally agree that Locke asked for this journey of self discovery and can’t wait to see his adventures through the Looking Glass. I am sure he will be tested yet again.

    As for the O-Suckers, I feel their story has been treading water for the longest time. It’s very yawn-worthy for me (because of the whole in denial, ooh twenty assassins who don’t kill, betrayal at every turn stuff) and I am chomping at the bit for them to get back already and spare us more melodrama. It would appear that Ben feels the same way about that. I had to chuckle at his affronted tirade at the two bratty kids in the back.

    • iamme

      Z, technically there was really only one bratty kid in the backseat. Sun was sitting in the front ๐Ÿ˜€

  • What do you mean Like Virgil leading Dante into the inferno? Virgil was in the Augustan age, Dante was centuries later and Dante himself wrote about the inferno.

    • nevermind…I should read Dante’s inferno at some point lol.

      I thought you meant Virgil wrote Dante’s Inferno.

  • Dan Berry

    Hey, I’m Dan.
    First time writer. I’ve looked at the blog since I started watching the show.

    Just came up with a theory. Wanted to see what you think.

    In Season 4, the Oceanic Six left the island. Ben turned the wheel and it seemed to disappear. It didn’t physically travel through time, it simply did not exist anymore because events in the past have changed without the 6 being there. If they had not left, they would have been incorporated into the mural of time painted by the events they would cause or influence. Maybe John finds out that if they aren’t brought back, the Island will not exist for a catastrophic event in the future. The 6 are influencing the outside world’s future instead of the island’s past. We are witnessing the paradox unfolding, and Ben is the puppet master. They need to go back to prevent the space time continuum from collapsing. Perhaps the island is skipping because it needs its constant.

    Ben and Widmore are working against each other. Ben wants to move through time with the 6 so that they can save the island and he will become the leader, instead of Widmore. It was originally Locke that was supposed to turn the wheel and get back the 6 so their destinies could be fulfilled and the events would occur down the correct path. Perhaps the Swan was built to release radiation/electromagnetism from the Hydrogen bomb they buried. Widmore sent Farraday to correct past mistakes, since he was an other at one point. Widmore was probably sent off the island by turning the wheel. He also sent Desmond to push the button so that the world would not end. He’s trying to fix the past. Ben is attempting to undo all his progress.

    Time on the island is now occuring all at once because people of different times are interacting and crossing paths. Desmond has become a intertime line microphone. He’s unhinged and can receive messages in the form of recollection. This is how Charolette suddenly remembers Daniel as an old man from her past. The memories that are altered are forced into her head, causing a nose bleed. Which is why people die after being unhinged. The update of memory from their interaction with their own past causes a ceribral hemorage. They can not survive the change in time. In order to save the world, the 6 must go back and fulfill the given tasks with only Locke, and not Ben.

  • Charlie’s Ghost

    Locke was supposed to climb to the airplane and then die, not Boone. Locke was supposed to get dragged into the whole by smokey, not rescued. Locke was supposed to turn the wheel, not Ben. Course Correction keeps taking place, but for a guy who believes in destiny, he seems to side-step fate everytime his number is called.

    • Masheen

      “Locke was supposed to climb to the airplane and then die”

      So? What’s the purpose in that? Please explain.

      G R E A T recap Fishsticks. Mad props to you!

  • JD

    I don’t know why everybody keeps dissing the O6 story. I can’t wait for the scene in next weeks episode when Ms. Hawking gives her big ‘How DHARMA found the island and how the O6 can make it back’ reveal. The only problems I’ve had with the O6 are Aaron being included as a member and that there weren’t more than six. Wouldn’t it have been more pertinent if they were the Oceanic 8 (not including Aaron; although I guess ‘Prison Break’ beat them to it with their Fox River 8 angle)?

    Anyway, I am liking the on-island stuff aswell. What’s sucking for me is that not enough dead characters are appearing during the time jumps. The unavailability of certain actors is something that would probably play a big part in that, however, I have been re-watching several episodes of late, and one that I looked over again recently was ‘Par Avion’, the Claire-centric episode from Season 3. The one thing that got me about it was when Mikhail is talking to Kate, Sayid and Locke and he says the following:

    “Of course I donโ€™t know you, Sayid Jarrah. How could I? And you, Kate Austen, are a complete stranger to me. But you John Locke, you I might have a fleeting memory of, but I must be confused, because the John Locke I know was…”. Then Rousseau rudely interupts (maybe because she realises the road this man is about to go down).

    Even though it was revealed four episodes later in ‘One of Us’ that Mikhail was the one charged with compiling information on the crash victims, you can’t help but think at this point that he and Locke had a past-island exchange, explaining this statement. This also explains why he would only have a memory of Locke and not Kate and Sayid, as they were off galivanting around in the real world as part of the Oceanic 6. What I’m eluding to is a possible Mikhail return (fingers crossed) in the not so distant future, although with Locke now leaving the island via the frozen donkey wheel, that exchange between him and Mikhail will now have to come after Locke is brought back and Carntin-Reade.

    • CelticFan96

      Since we found out that Mikhail was in charge of compiling information on Island visitors via the Flame, I have assumed that is how he knows Locke, Kate and Sayid. And that is also how the Others know all of the 815 survivors — remember the folders created for each of the survivors.

      While it would certainly be cool to see ol’ Patchy via a time skip, I don’t think he knew the O6 any other way. And he certainly does not think of Locke and the gang as being special — more as a threat to the Island.

      Remember at the end of Season 3 when Locke tells Mikhail that Ben is taking Locke to see Jacob? Mikhail asked something like “Why would you take HIM to see Jacob?” It came across as Mikhail does not think that Locke is too important. Or rather the he is “flawed,” as Mikhail did end up saying as a reason for why Locke, Sayid and Kate were not on The List.

  • JimD

    So, it isn’t bad enough you have to put a thousand pictures between each word…now you have to animate them to make it even harder to read.

  • sabrina

    terrific recap. I apologize in advance if this was already commented on but I disagree with your assessment of Charlotte’s remarks to Jin. I believe that she is referring to herself as a child when she states “Don’t bring her back”. I think that this was something that was told to her parents when she was first taken away from the island probably by Daniel and while her consciousness is time traveling she flashes to that. Other than that, I think your recap is dead on. Thanks for the insights.

  • MoniquE

    Such a great, great recap. It clarifies things for me in addition to entertaining. And the pictures are so useful, perfect for this kind of show. I love the little animations also. Jim D how about you read a different recap? There’s tons of dry, dusty ones around the net that might appeal to you instead. This recap has become my one stop review spot. It’s the best hands down that’s out there.

    • JimD

      MoniquE…How about not worrying about what recaps I read. I have an opinion and I’ll state it if I want.

      Now, please, move along.

      • dolce

        Dude…have a wahhburger and some french cries and settle. I find FB’s recaps entertaining and a nice, easily followed ( and very easy to read, animations et al ), recap that is a nice break from some of the long-winded recaps out there. Don’t get me wrong, I read those too and love them. At least the ones that make some sort of sense. No offense to other authors out there, I’m just saying it’s a nice, simple, yet informative change. Each week I look forward to Sonyalyn, Jensen, Stotch, Oramaner, Throttle, Fishbiscuit and others. Enjoy them for what they are or take your own advice…move along.

        • JimD

          Wow…I didn’t know I was talking to you.

          Did you enjoy that?

          • dolce

            You are, in fact, talking to everyone that visits this site. And, yes I did enjoy it.

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